The Big One is the 16th episode of Season 3 of Gilmore Girls.


Surprise, surprise! Rory and Paris finally hear from Harvard – with surprising results. Lorelai and Max meet again, with surprising consequences. And Sookie's taste buds misfire… for a surprising reason.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Guest starring

Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
Scott Cohen as Max Medina
Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant
Dakin Matthews as Hanlin Charleston
Adam Wylie as Brad Langford
Jill Matson as Teacher


  • Sookie's pregnant.
  • Paris doesn't get accepted to Harvard.
  • Rory gets a bundle of acceptance letters.
  • First appearance of Max since early Season 2.
  • Richard has Friday Night Dinner alone with the girls and later attends the Chilton bicentennial with Lorelai, to hear Rory's speech.








Rory – Guess I've got time to tie my shoes.
Lorelai – Yes, well, cobble yourself a new pair, Daniel Day-Lewis.
Lorelai – I had made little doodles with my name hidden in them on each one of the old menus, just like Hirschfeld.
Teacher – And we welcome back Brad, who's fresh from Broadway after a successful year's run of Into the Woods!
Paris – Sit down, Mary Martin.
BradNathan Lane is a very bitter man.
Madeline – Unless he was in Les Mis.
Louise – Yeah. Or Cats.
Paris – I'm thrilled to hear it, Chita Rivera.
Paris – I'm only saying it won't be a totally satisfying victory just beating Jerome Robbins and the rest of the losers here. I'd really like to take you down also.
Sookie – "You haven't lived until you've eaten their food," says Ruth Reichl.
Lorelai – She’ll be on C-SPAN if she does.
Lorelai – It’s like watching the Men’s Wearhouse security camera.
Paris – Well, look who's suddenly decided to become Kofi Annan.
Paris – Even if I was the Billy Carter of the family, the name is still supposed to carry some weight.
Max – I must say, I've been a teacher for 10 years now, and it wasn't until today I realized it must be really hard to be a girl.
Lorelai – And with the invention of Sephora, really expensive, too.
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